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District acts "nobly" to modify illegal form

An alert Home School Legal Defense Association member family in the Noble Local School District contacted us after they discovered a major error in one of the forms the district was distributing.

Home schoolers in Ohio are required to submit an annual assessment to the superintendent. This assessment can either be a standardized test or a written narrative by either a third party or some other person mutually agreed upon.

The form that the district was handing out for the narrative option seemed innocuous. In fact, most of it appeared to quote directly from the regulations governing home schooling, and there was then a space for the assessor to sign.

However, in the section purporting to quote from the regulations, the school district added a phrase stating that the student's portfolio of work samples "is available for inspection." Ohio law has no such requirement.

HSLDA immediately contacted the school, demanding that the form be amended to conform to state law.

We soon received a letter from the attorneys for the school district advising us that the assessment form had been revised to conform to state law and including a copy of the new form for our review.

HSLDA advises home schoolers to be cautious about using any forms provided by the public school district, because such creative expansions of regulatory authority unfortunately are not an isolated occurrence. To find forms that do not include information that is not required by law, log onto the members section of our website at (See A Plethora of Forms on page 13.)

- Darren A. Jones